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Softball Walks Off in Game One; Cruises to NEWMAC Sweep of Emerson

Softball Walks Off in Game One; Cruises to NEWMAC Sweep of Emerson

Springfield, Mass. - March 30, 2019 - The Springfield College softball team had a walk-off win in game one of a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) doubleheader with Emerson on Saturday afternoon at Potter Field, before cruising past the Lions, 11-4, in game two to complete the sweep.

The Pride won the first game 5-4, before exploding for 11 runs against the Lions in game two, earning the 11-4 victory. Springfield College is now 8-6 overall with a 2-0 mark in league play, while Emerson is now 10-9 on the year and 1-4 in the NEWMAC.

The maroon and white will now gear up for its rescheduled game with WPI on Tuesday, April 2 at 3 p.m. and 5 p.m.

Springfield College 5, Emerson 4 -- Game One

Junior infielder Alexyss Conley (Bloomingburg, N.Y.) hit a deep fly to right field, which allowed Allie Wheeler (Agawam, Mass.) to tag up and score as the Pride defeated Emerson, 5-4, in the first of two games with the Lions at Potter Field on Saturday afternoon.

After Emerson took a 4-3 lead in the top of the seventh, the rally started with back-to-back triples from Meghan Sastram (Oxford, Conn.) and Wheeler, before Conley's game-winning sacrifice fly lifted the Pride to victory.

Junior pitcher Marisa Valenti (Trumbull, Conn.) picked up the win as she pitched the final out of the seventh, which was a strikeout. Senior Shelby Allen (Oakland, N.J.) pitched 6.2 frames, giving up just seven hits while striking out a pair.

Springfield College struck first in the bottom of the first when Conley scored on a defensive mishap from the Lions, before Yaixsa Vargas (Waterbury, Conn.) doubled which scored Ava Fernandez (Cedar Grove, N.J.) to make it 2-0, Pride in the fourth. Later in the same frame, Allen singled to drive in Taylor Mancinone (Watertown, Conn.), giving the Pride a 3-0 lead.

Emerson did all of its damage in the top of the seventh to take a 4-3 lead, but the Pride rallied for its seventh win of the year.

Springfield College 11, Emerson 4 -- Game Two

Conley produced five RBI on two hits while Allen and Salvietti each drove in two apiece, leading the Pride to an 11-4 victory to complete the sweep in seven innings.

Freshman pitcher Gillian Kane (New Canaan, Conn.) pitched 7.0 innings, giving up just two earned runs while striking out three en route to her third win of the year.

Springfield scored two in the bottom of the first on an RBI triple from Allen, before Salvietti followed with a triple of her own to give the Pride a 2-0 lead.

The Pride extended its lead to six in the bottom of the second when Fernandez drew a walk that scored Sastram, before Allen singled to center to plate Conley. Salvietti then popped one out to right field which was deep enough to score Fernandez from third to finish the scoring.

In the third, Springfield College took a 9-0 advantage following a bases-clearing double from Conley that traveled over the left-fielder's head, plating Wheeler, Sastram and Alfieri. Emerson got two back in the top of the fourth, but the Pride answered with a two-run single from Conley that made it 11-2. 

Emerson would fight the five-inning mercy with two runs in the top of the fifth, and held off the Pride, but was unable to muster a rally, leading to the Springfield College win.

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